DEI

Journey for Teams seeks to educate, inspire and drive change in advancing DEI throughout the veterinary profession

  |   DEI

"Journey for Teams," a sweeping new initiative to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the nation's veterinary profession, was announced today by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and Veterinary Medical Association Executives (VMAE). "Journey for Teams is our most ambitious DEI undertaking to date – a comprehensive and collaborative process to be incorporated into every sphere of activity within veterinary medicine," said Dr. Jose Arce, President of the AVMA, at a news conference at the AVMA's annual convention in Philadelphia. The...

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President’s message – what DEI means at the WSVMA

  |   DEI

June is National Pride Month and home to our newest national holiday, Juneteenth (June 19). In honor of these events, I want to highlight some of the steps that the WSVMA Board has taken in the past year to ensure that our organization includes members from all backgrounds. Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is not just a buzz phrase around here, but a purpose that is woven into all of our conversations and decisions. In early 2021, the BOD formed...

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WSVMA Board votes to support the Gender Identity Bill of Rights

  |   DEI

At their May 24, 2022 meeting, the WSVMA Board of Directors voted to sign on in support of the Gender Identity Bill of Rights (GIBOR). GIBOR, written by Pride Veterinary Medical Community (VMC) members Drs. Erika Lin-Hendel, Ewan Wolff, and Jenna Ward are meant to address inequality and inequity within the veterinary profession. Released in June 2021, GIBOR outlines the basic rights needed for transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people to exist in the veterinary profession. GIBOR highlights the correct name and pronoun...

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WSVMA DEI Spotlight Interview – Dr. Ken Norris

  |   DEI, WSVMA News

The WSVMA is committed to ensuring the success of the Washington veterinary profession. To help build a healthier veterinary community, the Board of Directors established a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiative. They firmly believe that a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment creates a space where everyone feels valued, safe, and can thrive. This will directly contribute to practice success by fueling innovation and personal well-being that will ultimately enhance the quality of care we provide to our animals. A standing...

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WSVMA is conducting a diversity, equity, and inclusion survey

  |   DEI

As part of its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association (WSVMA) is conducting a survey. The purpose of the survey is to hear different experiences from veterinarians and learn what the challenges are to supporting DEI in veterinary medicine. WSVMA’s DEI Committee put together the survey as the group’s initial exercise before conducting an organization-wide assessment. The assessment will evaluate several components of the Association including Governance & Organizational Strategy, Education & Events, Marketing...

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Certificate Program available to create more inclusive workplaces

  |   Continuing Education, DEI

A new certificate program on AVMA Axon empowers veterinary professionals to turn our workplaces into safe, healthy, inclusive environments where individual differences aren’t just tolerated but recognized and valued. The Brave Space Certificate Program is a self-paced, interactive course on AVMA Axon offering up to 7 continuing education (CE) credits. Brave Space helps veterinary professionals gain a deeper understanding of those around us—from team members to clients, patients, and the communities we serve. As healthcare professionals, we must be able to meet the needs of...

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AAPI Heritage Month – featuring Dr. Irene Yen

  |   DEI

The WSVMA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee from time to time will highlight diverse members of the Association. In honor of AAPI heritage month, we’re featuring a member of the committee, Dr. Irene Yen, a relief veterinarian and 2017 graduate of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Yen reflects on her journey: "I’m another California transplant in Washington, but my family is part of the Chinese diaspora. My grandparents immigrated from China to Taiwan during the cultural revolution and my parents...

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DEI Spotlight: Reaching out to make a difference

  |   DEI

Diversity and inclusion is something that veterinary medicine as a profession needs to work for. I have been an LVT for 13 years and in the profession for almost 20 years. I have watched this profession grow, evolve, and change in so many ways during this time. I never realized that I could be perceived as different. As an Army brat, I grew up in many different locations. Some were melting pots of different ethnicities and some were not. I...

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WSVMA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee gets to work

  |   DEI, WSVMA News

The Washington State Veterinary Medical Association (WSVMA) Board of Directors identified diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as an area for growth and added it to their strategic plan three years ago. More recently, in order to maintain momentum in this area, a standing committee was formed to take this work on and move it forward. Committee members come from across the state and diverse types of practice, and we wish to introduce ourselves and outline what to expect from us moving forward. Our members include: ...

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WSVMA Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee call for volunteers

  |   DEI, WSVMA News

There’s no doubt that the past year’s events have brought a much needed focus into making the veterinary profession more diverse, equitable and inclusive. The WSVMA Board of Directors was the first state veterinary medical association to support the WakeUpVetMed initiative and has made diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) a strategic objective since 2018. The Board has also approved a new standing committee with the following objectives: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is embedded in WSVMA’s organizational culture, systems and...

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